The alternator when the engine is on, and the battery when the engine is off.
Alternator, every post i have ever read all points to the alternator
Dead Battery Failed Alternator, or a failed starter.
if it is your alternator your battery will be low or dead... your lights will be dim when turned on. , if you cannot crank your car or it will crank slowly it may be your starter or battery cable connection or a loose connection in the link........ , a low battery caused by an alternator will usually click rapidly the starter solenoid, when trying to start, and the lights will go out when cranking ..., for the most part turn on your headlights if they are dim the charging system or the battery is to blame .. hope this helps
The alternator generates electricity, so it's not part of the starting system, which uses the stored electricity in the battery. If the lights work, the battery must be pretty well ok. The starter might be stuck, or it might have failed.
Well not the starter. The starter is used to start spinning the engine and draws its power from the battery. The alternator uses the engines belt to recharge the battery and to power the cars electronics as well as lights. When you shut the engine off, the power then draws from the battery.
If the 2000 Cavalier has no lights an will not start, there is an electrical issue. Check the battery, alternator, and the wiring from the battery all the way to the starter to find the problem.
I am trying to change my alternator for a 1994 Nissan altima , and some one told me it's going to be really hard. the question is, is that Truth
Not enough power to starter, jump it and then ensure alternator is good. Also check battery condition.
Either battery or alternator going bad, Advance Auto, or Auto Zone can check this for you! This happened to my truck, but my memory is not to good! More likely the alternator. yeah this happened to me on the freeway, i figured the computer needed to be reset but when the brake and battery lights go on, the alternator is going bad and you might have a half day of driving before it drains your battery
In the 1988 Nissan the alternator, instrument panel, and backup lights shared a fuse. Before changing a fuse see if the backup lights work (have someone watch when you are in reverse). If the neutral start/backup light switch is broken internally, it can be blowing the fuse when you put the car in reverse.
Depending on how dim, it could be your battery, alternator, or poor power supply at the headlight socket. Poor power supply meaning corroded wires causing high voltage drop. Have the battery and alternator tested and go from there.
You can if you plan to convert all of your electrical system, starter, lights, gauges and accessories to 24 also. And change your battery to 2 batteries connected in series. Why would you want to??
A bad alternator will have the effect of draining the battery, resulting in dim lights, trouble starting the car and the like. It would be best to replace the alternator as soon as possible and possibly obtain a new battery. This may vary depending on how much the bad alternator has drained it. You can get your alternator and battery checked any time at Auto Zone.
SORRY I FORGOT;CAR IS;1994 Nissan Altima GXE AUTOMATIC;THANKS.
The problem may not be in the starter, but rather the alternator or battery. Your lights and radio may work because it does not require as much power. I asked the question and I have narrowed it done to one of the two possibilities: it is either the ignition switch or the anti theft start fuse under the hood. But thanks for the insight.
It's probably your Alternator that is going bad. That is if the battery and brake lights came on at the same time.
The engine is clicking with all of the interior lights on? Dead battery... and for future reference... if there is no clicking= really dead battery and it might not recharge. In that case check the alternator, if the alternator is still good, just buy a new battery. If the battery continues to fail to recharge get a new alternator.
There are several signs that an alternator is going bad. A few signs are dim lights, smell, warning lights, and a dead battery.
Check where your battery cables mount to the starter & engine. It sounds like you have a dirty/corroded connection.... Either that, or your motor is tied up.
Do the headlamps work while cranking the starter? If not focus on your battery and cables. Jump start the car and have the system tested before you throw more dollar bills at this problem; it could be the alternator but have it tested first.
i had the same problem with my 1999 Nissan maxima and i needed a new alternator so get that checked first turn your car on and disconnect the positive on your battery, if the car shuts down your alternator is bad
First, I'm not a mechanic, my information is accurate so far as I know but I could be wrong. I will assume you realize that these two devices (alternator & starter) are not dependent on each other. I do not think the alternator needs to be good for the starter to work. If your battery has sufficient charge, then a starter motor in working order will function even with a bad alternator. To see if the starter is working, I believe, at least on older cars, you can hard wire the battery directly to the starter motor to see if it will crank over the engine (make sure the car is not already running). To see if the alternator is working, with the car running, check the voltage. Then run the car for a while with electrical components on (Lights, Radio, Fan, etc.) Then turn the electrical components off and check the battery voltage again. If the voltage has not gone down, your alternator should be working well enough to keep your battery charged. If the voltage has gone down, it should start going up as the alternator charges the battery up to it's designated voltage. (usually about 12v for most cars).
check your battery. if your battery is Ok have your alternator and starter checked at a local Autozone or similar store
The head lights, radio, and eveything else works, but the car will not start. I checked the starter and it was good. The battery is good, but whatever it is causes the battery to have a low charge. Could it be the alternator